Best Buddhist Writing 2006
Wise and witty, heartfelt and profound, this third volume in an annual series brings together the year’s most notable prose inspired by Buddhist practice and insight. Compiled by the editors of North America’s oldest and most widely read Buddhist magazine, the collection offers a lively array of styles, perspectives, and concerns of contemporary Buddhists. The talented contributors include familiar favorites as well as some surprising voices who will delight and enlighten the reader, with pieces ranging from personal memoir, short stories, and social commentary, to advice for practitioners and wisdom teachings from the masters. Among this year’s outstanding selections are John Welwood on the perfection of love but the imperfection of relationshipsThe Dalai Lama on the two sciences of mind—meditation and neurosciencePema Chödrön on how to free ourselves from the powerful spell of emotional afflictionsAward-winning author Charles Johnson’s short story “Dr. King’s Refrigerator,” on how a late-night snack led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to discover the concept of interdependenceDzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche on facing ourselves honestlyJon Kabat-Zinn on the power of mindfulnessTulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s fascinating memoir of life in old TibetThich Nhat Hanh on spirituality and community in the twenty-first century
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Melvin McLeod is the editor-in-chief of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: A Practitioner's Quarterly. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.